Published On: Tue, Oct 21st, 2014

Egypt: Kirollos Atallah sentenced to six years in jail for ‘Liking’ a Facebook page

Religious freedom in Egypt may be eroding faster than realized as news broke of a Coptic Christian who has been sentenced to years in prison after liking a particular Facebook page.

Kirollos Atallah, 29, endured death threats and now faces a six-year prison term because he “liked” a page for Christian converts from Islam. When the Muslims heard this, they accused Kirollos of “blasphemy,” or insulting Islam and attacked Kirollos’s village, setting Christian-owned businesses on fire. 

Police arrived and they arrested the attackers, but they also arrested Kirollos. The attackers were set free the next day, Kirollos was sentenced to six-years in prison for “defaming” Islam and “inciting sectarian violence.”

Again. all this because he, a Christian, liked a Facebook page for Christian converts.

Released on appeal, Kirollos has gone into hiding while waiting for the court to summon him to serve his sentence.

“Now, ICC is sponsoring a petition for the Immediate Dropping of All Charges Against Kirollos Shawqi Atallah! After liking a Christian Facebook page, Kirollos was sentenced to six years imprisonment for committing “blasphemy.” Every signature will tell the Egyptian government, and all other governments that enforce blasphemy laws, that the global body of Christ will stand in defense of every Christian’s #FreedomToLike!” – this report called out.

More details can be found HERE

Kirollos Atallah petition facebook like jail time

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